Every ninety years twelve Gods return as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It’s happening now. It’s happening again.
If you haven’t read the first volume, The Faust Act, there are no spoilers in here from me, apart from recommending you read both immediately.
Volume 2 is the continuing story of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s parable on the culture of these 21st century God’s of music, following seventeen and ¾ year old Laura’s sudden rise to fame, and the power and corruption of fandom. Collecting issues 6-11 the vibrant colours, ethereal gorgeous young Gods and their devoted cult followers transcend into a more developed study on the implications of ‘Fandemonium’. With more of the pantheon introduced the pages breeze past in a visual and structural catharsis for the eyes, with Gillen’s focus on the God’s flock of fans McKelvie’s art takes a noticeable leap in the experimental splash pages. The previous issues contained this as well of course, the bright coloured numbered panels shooting themselves across the page in the middle of a rave.
Almost every issue in this collection contains a stunning splash of inventive storytelling with the medium, not only is this comic a prime example of a fantastic and entertaining story embracing modernity, but also demonstrates the key relationship between the writer and artist of a comic, and just how vital an element it is, often ignored by many in reviews and the media. The pace increases in these issues, we are provided more background of the nature of the existence of these doomed to die young Gods, more sex, divine states of timeless raving and plenty of hedonistic violence with just a click of the fingers. Gillen is also clearly revelling in the twists and strings he can pull with these young characters, and when you close the final page of this collected trade it’s not just the God’s who are tangled up in their fate to die.
I doubt there is a more brightly coloured and inventive comic you can read at the moment. Dive onto the dancefloor, and make sure you keep your head.